The best country in the world to be a mom is... (hint: it's not the USA, which ranks 33rd)

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Save the Children has released their annual “Mothers’ Index,” a scorecard of the best and worst places in the world to be a mom. Taking into consideration factors such as income levels, education, maternal health and women’s status, the index named Norway as the best country for mothers. Eight other European countries and Australia rounded out the top 10 with Scandinavian countries earning the most high rankings. The ten worst places to be a mother were all countries in sub-Saharan Africa and included Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United States slipped from 31st place last year to 33rd place this year and actually had the worst level of maternal death risk of any developed country in the entire world (1 death per every 1,800 pregnancies). In a comparison of infant mortality rates in the 24 wealthiest capital cities in the world, Washington D.C. had the highest rate at 7.9 deaths per 1,000 births. While huge differences in education and quality of life exist between the top and bottom countries on the list (for example, .3% of Norwegian children die before their fifth birthday, with the percentage climbing to 15% for Somali children), Save the Children also noted the disparity that exists within cities. A baby born in the poorest part of DC is more than 10 times more likely to die before his first birthday than one born in the richest part of the city.

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Organic "origami" blanket goes from blanket to cuddly bird with a few folds

by 05/06/15   filed under: green baby, green baby gifts, green bedding

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With the Fabelab play-fold-bird blanket, young children get to see a an unassuming blanket magically transform into a flying bird, swimming swan, or anything else they can dream up. This blanket promotes creativity but is still perfect for cuddling during naps or bedtime and works great as a play mat as well. The blanket is made with 100% organic cotton twill, a backside of organic cotton isoli, and polyester filling, plus comes with a handy white and printed fabric bag for easy and clean transport.

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9 family friendly cargo bikes for toting kids and goods in eco style

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Rubens desk features removable mountains for racing toy cars

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At over $1,000 the Rubens Desk designed by Compagnie founder and architect Jean-François Bellemère is not cheap — but this desk is solid, beautifully designed and a piece your child will own for years. Cleverly made with attached mountains that act as a backdrop for small cars or other toys, kids will have fun with the playful, adventurous design aspect of this desk. Later, as your child grows, the “mountains” can be removed to become a more adult-minded piece of furniture. The desk is made with solid beech and lacquered MDF in France with materials from sustainably managed forests. One of the company’s main goals is to simplify the manufacturing process and transportation process, thus saving materials while working closely with local businesses. The desktop is available in three different types including black, white and chalkboard and has slots for storing sheets, notebooks and pencils and a small porcelain cup fits like a fountain in the tray of the hole for extra writing utensils or, as the company suggests, even a small plant!

RELATED | 6 Eco-friendly Kid’s Desks – All Under $300!

+ Rubens Desk 950,00 € (around $1,058.00 usd)

+ Rubens Desk Mountains 355.00 € (around $395.00 usd)

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Magical Bridge Playground is America's most all-inclusive, innovative playground designed for visitors of ALL abilities

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Study finds that babies feel pain just like adults do (and we're wondering why that wasn't obvious)

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In what’s being hailed as a “provocative” study, new research highlights something that logical humans might have already surmised — babies feel pain just like adults. We are scratching our heads as to why this information isn’t already self-evident… after all, babies are human beings. According to the new findings, adult brains have been well-studied and we already know much about the affective and sensory aspects of the pain experienced in adults. However, baby brains hadn’t, as of yet, been so clearly researched. In fact, in the past, many have assumed that babies do not feel pain in the same way that adults do, which has led to some unspeakable methods of “care,” such as performing surgery on babies without the use of adequate analgesia. In more recent years, a number of infant pain assessment tools have been developed because not everyone believed that babies feel little pain as compared to adults. Now, this newest research shows us that we may have been even more wrong about babies and their experience of pain than we previously thought.

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HOW TO: Make a kid-friendly, delicioso vegan Cinco de Mayo feast

by 05/04/15   filed under: cooking, food, green holiday ideas for kids, healthy recipe, how-to, kid friendly, recipe, recipes, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Johnson & Johnson now offers up to 17 weeks of PAID parental leave for employees

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The U.S. standard of paid parental leave would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic: our country is among the very few worldwide that doesn’t guarantee any paid maternity leave. Johnson & Johnson‘s latest announcement will hopefully be the start of a more family-friendly, supportive future in America. The company will now offer up to 17 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers giving birth via C-section and up to 15 weeks for moms who give birth vaginally. Dads, adoptive parents, and partners in same sex couples can receive nine weeks of paid leave (up from the previous one week that the company guaranteed for all parents). Another bonus from the new policy: parents don’t have to take leave consecutively, meaning they can divvy up time to be with baby during that first year full of milestones. The new policy, which took effect on May 1st and also was made to retroactively include employees who became parents on or after May of 2014, marks a significant increase in the company’s parental leave offerings and, with any luck, will positively influence other companies to strive for a healthier, happier workforce and work-life balance.

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15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

15 nature crafts for kids that can be made using found objects

Flower Stained Glass Windows This stained glass window idea is a beautiful way to put all those flowers your child collects to great use while adding a pop of spring color to your…

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Two midwives delivered the new royal baby princess

Two midwives delivered the new royal baby princess

When the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth on Saturday, two midwives were at her side: Arona Ahmed and her boss, Jacqui Dunkley-Bent, Professor of midwifery at Imperial…

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8 natural remedies for bee stings

8 natural remedies for bee stings

Unstick the stinger. First, remove the stinger. Do not attempt to use tweezers, which will likely crush the stinger and the venom sac that may still be attached. Instead, scrape the…

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10 simple ways to teach kids to be kind and compassionate

10 simple ways to teach kids to be kind and compassionate

Photo by Shutterstock 1. Make kindness a daily part of dinner. Our family has maintained the tradition of saying the “highs and lows” (ie: the best and worst parts) of our…

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Kids in San Juan Capistrano help design and build new, eco-friendly Green Park

Kids in San Juan Capistrano help design and build new, eco-friendly Green Park

On Earth Day, Yokohama Tire Corporation teamed up with KaBOOM!, a nonprofit committed to bringing active play into the daily lives of children, along with Habitat for Humanity of…

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Royal baby will receive wool-free booties from PETA UK

Royal baby will receive wool-free booties from PETA UK

Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s second royal baby will be getting an early start in learning about kindness to all living creatures, thanks to PETA UK. The British…

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Woman sues her doctor for assault and battery over unwanted episiotomy during her baby's delivery

Woman sues her doctor for assault and battery over unwanted episiotomy during her baby's delivery

Imagine being given an episiotomy with absolutely no explanation as to why, especially after you’ve told the doctor not to make the cut. This is exactly what recently happened to…

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to autism & high doses of vitamin D may help relieve symptoms of autism

Vitamin D deficiency linked to autism & high doses of vitamin D may help relieve symptoms of autism

Cases of autism are rising at an alarming rate. Some sources say autism is even increasing at a rate of 12% every year, but thus far no one has been able to put a finger on why autism…

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HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat salad in a jar

HOW TO: Make ready-to-eat salad in a jar

1. Gather the ingredients 1 mason jar Salad: sunflower seeds, raisins and dried figs a small bunch of mixed leaves green olives half of an avocado 2 mushrooms a handful of…

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Solvej swings are as beautiful as they are fun

Solvej swings are as beautiful as they are fun

Solvej is a New Zealand company that makes sustainable and attractive swings that are packed with features. The company offers a slew of swing choices including baby and toddler…

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